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Bridesmaids dress inspiration—Looks from the past to the present

How many of you brides have been searching for inspiration in your mother’s wedding album when choosing your bridesmaids dresses? Not many, I believe!

There is no surprise here, for bridesmaids dresses weren’t always inspiring in the past! We have all heard notorious tales of dresses that resembled cotton candy and fabrics that would be better off as drapes!

Nonetheless, we live in a time when many things from the past seem to reappear on the wedding scene. From heirloom wedding dresses to vintage themes, décor and classic venues, couples have embraced many elements  from weddings of the past. While this trend continues, it is only right that we visit bridesmaids dresses inspired by fashions from the past.

Today, we will look at bridesmaids dresses that are suitable for different vintage eras. I found this article on the Bustle extremely helpful with this.  It gives us a clear idea of the trends that were most happening during the past, with some really interesting pictures to support it. Let us try to find inspiration in these dress styles and locate dresses from our current bridesmaids collections to reinvent the look. One thing we can assure you is that they will not look out of place in the modern wedding scene. So, let’s begin!

The 1850’s

Women’s clothing in this era was rather elaborate, with corsets and wide skirts supported by hoops and crinoline. The ball gown was a popular dress style in evening wear and formal dresses. Your bridesmaids may not appreciate being weighed down in a heavy ball gown dress at your wedding, nor is it appropriate. Nonetheless, there are other dress features from the Victorian era that you can easily incorporate into your bridesmaids looks. Here they are.

Low-necked and off-the-shoulder styles were big hits during this era. Many designer collections today feature these in their bridesmaids dresses. Here are some!

The dress has the opulence and fitted bodice style that is reminiscent of the 1850’s. However, the fitted silhouette continues into the skirt, allowing for easy movement. The off-the-shoulder neckline and details in the bodice are suitable for a Victorian vibe.

The Angelina Faccenda 20453 dress features an off-the-shoulder neckline and has embellishments on the dropped sleeves. The criss-cross bodice results in an empire waistline. The ruchings in the front continue into the back of the dress as well.

Early 19th century

During the Edwardian era, defined waistlines were created using tight fitting corsets. The ideal female figure resembled a pigeon-structure. This was characterized by an upper body that thrust forward, while the hips and bust were emphasized by a thin waistline. An air of opulence defined most dress styles. Frilly embellishments like ruffles, lace and floral details were very popular. By the year 1910, the empire line was preferred over the corset. Pastels were preferred for daytime dresses, while dark, deep rich colors were chosen for formal evening wear. Here are some dresses that recreate this effect in bridesmaids dresses.

Here is a dress from the Mori Lee Bridesmaid collection with a well-defined waistline and structured silhouette. The dress has plenty of lace embellishments strewn throughout the length. These add an air of finesse. The satin waistband defines the waistline and the full-length makes it suitable for a formal wedding ceremony. 

This dress from the Jasmine dress collection has full-length sleeves and a defined waistline. Although there is no corset detail, the silhouette is structured and fits tightly against the natural curves. The full-length sleeves are actually a removable shrug. This feature also gives the dress a two-in-one look. The embellished bodice has details that compare with the luxurious finishes of Edwardian dresses.

The 1930’s

Most dress silhouettes had one striking detail in this era—tiered skirts. This is a dress feature that many wedding dress designers have openly embraced and included in wedding gowns. Although there are few bridesmaids dresses with this feature, it is attractive when present. Huge collars were another big fashion feature in this decade. Here are our picks that bring back these styles.

A modern-style tiered A-line dress, this Mori Lee 123 brings tiers to life, albeit in contemporary style. Gentle tiers are fashioned in chiffon to create an almost rippling effect and a smart silhouette, unlike the over-the-top dress styles that were popular in the 1930’s.

Inspired by the elaborate collars that were the highlight of the 1930’s, this After Six bridesmaid dress is a very stylish variation of this style. A ruffled overlay drops off the halter-neckline over the fitted silhouette, making this florentine lace gown a vintage beauty.

Sassy, stylish short dresses in 1950

Short, but voluminous skirts were stylish in the 1950’s. These added a youthful vibe to the overall look. Although short, the dresses usually featured layers of taffeta and net that formed buoyant skirts. Bows were an essentially important detail at this time. This feature, in fact, found its way to not just dresses, but even hats. Let’s take a look at some of the dresses from our collection which bring back the memories of this era.

Here is a tulle dress with a bouncy skirt that was a favorite in the 1950’s. Perhaps a tad shorter than was the norm, this dress has a thick voluminous skirt that is still acceptable to the modern woman.

 

This dress from the After Six Bridesmaid collection features a bodice that has a different color than in the skirt. This was an essentially common feature in the dress styles of the years we discussed about. The defined waistline and smart silhouette with the halter neck are smart and will suit the women today, as they did back then.

1960’s poufy dresses and sheath silhouettes

In the beginning of the decade, many brides chose to dress their bridesmaids in shiny dresses with voluminous skirts. Silky sateen finishes were popular, so the look reflected opulence and luxury. As the decade progressed, the silhouettes slimmed and the sheath was the chosen style for most women. The white glove was an accessory that rendered itself to any dress-style.

This dress from the Mori Lee Bridesmaid collection has a layered net skirt and is in a rich color that was popular in the 1960’s. Even so, the dress has the poufy look that characterized formal dress styles at the time. Imagine this dress when worn with a pair of pristine white gloves. That should give you a clear idea of what we mean.

As women stepped out of corsets and stiffly structured dress silhouettes, the sheath became the favorite. Here is a sheath silhouette from the Angelina Faccenda collection, with all the glitz and glamour that reflects the style of the 1960’s. The cap sleeve and accessories like hats and white gloves worked well with this design.

Vibrant and colorful 1970s

Patterns and prints in big and bold proportions entered the fashion scene in the 1970s. Appliques and patchworks as well as vibrant, colorful designs were trendy at this time. Dresses flowed to full length and loosely draped around the natural silhouette.

This dress from the Alfred Sung collection could easily pass off as an original from the 1970s. With bright floral prints on a loose silhouette, the colors on the dress stand out. While it would look good at a garden wedding today, you would have seen it any type of wedding in those days.

The After Six Bridesmaids 6556 is a dress with a variety of colors that recreate the 1970s vibe. Despite a fitted waistband, the dress is loose flowing and comfortable with its soft fabric and drape.

The rich and flamboyant style of the 1980s

With the 1980’s the entire fashion scene underwent significant change. Everything was done in bigger and bolder proportions. As hairstyles grew bigger and shine and shimmer was seen in the makeup and accessories, outfits were generally colorful, lively and unusually interesting.

Everything about this dress from the Jasmine Bridal collection, including the color, fit, ruffles, drape and even the sleeves are signature features. This is a style that is typical of the 1980’s. The interesting part is that the dress is interesting in the back as well, with a V-neck formed of bell sleeves.

Here’s another dress from the Dessy Bridesmaid collection that would pass off as a suitable choice for the 1980’s. The dress has loose sleeves that were a characteristic feature of those days. The silhouette, although fitted, is one that flows loosely without too much structure. The criss-cross detail in the bodice and the shimmering waistband are toned-down versions of popular dress details that added to the 1980’s appeal.

Fashion in the 2000’s

With the new century, fashion began diverging in different directions. Unpredictability reigned high, as everyone sought unique styles. No longer did brides choose cookie cutter weddings nor bridal parties that were similar to those seen at other weddings. There was a general mash-up of styles and this added to the appeal of bridesmaids outfits. Metallics, neutrals and casual styles became part of mainstream fashion.

 

Stylish, elegant and figure-flattering, this is a dress that the women in 2000’s would quickly approve of. The sweetheart neckline is delightfully feminine, and has a romantic appeal. The neckline drapes to one side and pinches at the side, with a layered look. The shimmering color is attractive, but distinct from the typical shiny dresses seen in the years leading up to the 21st century.

This dress is from the Alfred Sung Collection and is a sateen twill dress. Tastefully designed with a gentle sheer scoop neckline over a sweetheart bodice, the dress has an A-line shape. The length gives it a smart look. Despite its simplicity, this is a beautiful dress that will appeal to almost anyone. Another good thing about this dress is that it doesn’t need too many accessories.

And finally this decade

Fashion has grown by leaps and bounds in the second decade of this century. Every year brings in it’s wake new and interesting changes on the fashion scene. With the evolution of wedding fashion, changes have arrived in the world of bridesmaids dresses too. Brides now recognize the individuality of the women in their bridal party and consider matching bridesmaids outfits boring and unnecessary.

Hence there are few rules that define bridesmaids fashion these days. It is as unique as the wedding, woman and theme itself. Mix and match bridesmaids dresses is no longer just a trend, but is considered an essential part of a wedding. Over the last few years we have seen everything from color-block prints to rich jewel colors and pastels rule the scene at different points of time.


The revival of traditional elements like lace, vintage elements like ruffles and accessories have all arrived and stayed on.

 

Bridesmaids dresses with bold elements like 3-d florals, geometric patterns and oversize embellishments add a modern effect to unconventional wedding themes.

Both loose drapes that resemble masculine styles, as well as soft, feminine romantic styles have appeared on the wedding scene. So, it is hard to predict what a bride expects when she goes shopping for her bridal party outfits.

At Best for Bride, you can find dresses of every style, fitting every era and matching the uniqueness of your bridesmaids. To take a closer look at any of the dresses featured here and to check out more options, make sure to visit our bridesmaid dress collections here. Find all the inspiration and information you need to make your wedding vision a reality though our bridesmaids collections.

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Fashion Advice: Most flattering necklines for your bridesmaids dresses

One of the primary focal points of every dress is the neckline. Choosing the right neckline will draw focus to the beauty of the natural facial features of the wearer and enhance the overall appearance of the dress style chosen. It will draw attention to the most attractive features or camouflage the less desirable traits, when chosen appropriately.

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, it is no longer stylish to choose a single dress for your entire bridal party. This is because your girls won’t be the same size or have the same body shape. Instead, we suggest you consider a range of options, and mix and match dresses to suit the individual traits of each of the girls in your bridal party.

One good mix and match option is to vary the neckline of the dress, while keeping the colors or silhouette constant for the entire group. This gives the group a super-stylish and modern look. It is quite easy to do, as most collections offer the same shade for a number of dresses. So you can find suitable silhouettes and necklines for each of your bridesmaids, while keeping the color uniform.

In this guide, we take a look at the most flattering neckline styles for different body types. Use this advice to choose the best neckline styles for your bridesmaids dresses. We are sure it will help you come one step closer to making your bridesmaids happy with your dress choices.

The best necklines to choose from for your bridesmaids dresses

V-neckline

The structure of this neckline is such that it elongates the torso and makes the wearer look tall and slim. The V-neckline is a universal favorite that can be designed in a range of fashions to suit various body types. The depth and width, when varied, will suit different body shapes. Women who have broad shoulders and are heavy in the upper body look good in V-necklines, as it balances out the wider proportions. Small and high V-necklines are suitable for thin women as it widens the upper body and makes it look bigger. Plunging V-necklines are fashion-forward. However they should be worn only by women with a medium bust and paired with suitable innerwear to avoid any wardrobe disasters.

Bateau neckline

The boat-shaped neckline extends from one shoulder to the other, exposing the collar bones but not showing any cleavage. This feature draws attention to the neck and jaw area. The bateau neckline is best on women with slighter body proportions, as the high neckline style adds more bulk to the upper body. It is modest, even while being stylish. The bateau should be avoided by bridesmaids who have a heavy upper body, as it can add more bulk to this area. Modern bateau necklines are often created with illusion details that are elegant.

Scoop neckline

Another versatile neckline style, the scoop resembles a U-shape. It can be low or high, and the effect of this feature in the dress varies according to this depth. Wide scoops look good on women with narrow shoulders as the round shape creates the illusion of more curves. Small scoop necklines help women with thicker upper bodies create the illusion of a smaller bust. This neckline generally makes the face look rounder.

One-shoulder style

This neckline style is closely associated with the goddess look and looks ethereal and romantic. The neckline drapes towards one shoulder, leaving the other one exposed. This beautiful style looks good on almost any body type. However, since the focus is on the one shoulder that is exposed, women with very thin or thick upper arms should avoid this style. It is perfect for women with toned arms and slender shoulders. This neckline exposes the collar bones, while it modestly covers the bust area.

Illusion neckline

Often fashioned with lace and sometimes with embellishments like rhinestones and sparkle, illusion necklines are a big trend on the wedding scene. This modest neckline may be paired with a sweetheart or strapless bodice, but has a mysterious effect because of the sheer layer. The illusion neckline suits almost all body types, and is a good choice if you want a similar style for different body types. It can be paired with almost any dress silhouette and made to look beautiful.

Sweetheart neckline

A traditional favorite, the sweetheart neckline is a feminine and romantic dress feature that is common in bridesmaids dresses. This neckline is preferred over the strapless style as the gentle dip in the center of the neckline makes it more attractive. It may or may not be paired with sleeves. Since the sweetheart neckline exposes a big area of the chest and decolletage, it is a good idea to first check if your girls are comfortable in this style before finalizing it. The open neckline may also be better if you pair it with suitable jewelry to avoid a bare look. It accentuates cleavage, and draws attention to the upper body. Hence it is a good choice for women who wish to distract from their waist and hips.

Off-the-shoulder

A common complaint about bridesmaids dresses is that they are all too simple. An off-the-shoulder neckline instantly adds a touch of style to a dress. This neckline falls parallel to the shoulder line and draws focus to the neck and shoulder area. This style is very glamorous and modern. It may be paired with sleeves or straps. The off-the-shoulder neckline looks best on women who are slender and have attractive collar bones. It should be avoided by women with thick necks and shoulders.

Halter

The halter style looks modern and smart. It closes around the neck and usually features an uncovered back. The halter neckline features a strap that runs around the neck. This may either go around the neck using straps or buttoned in place. Since the high halter neckline covers most of the upper regions of the neck and bust, it doesn’t require any other decolletage decoration. The halter should be avoided if your bridesmaids have large busts, as it will further add more bulk to this region. It is best used when the shoulders are slender and arms are well-toned.

Straight strapless

This neckline covers the entire chest area and is a popular feature in bridesmaids dresses. While it creates a classic look for a long gown, it looks stylish and sexy on short gowns. The neckline usually cuts straight across the chest, and is a good choice for women who are busty. The straight strapless may also be paired with spaghetti straps for added support or for an extra touch of glamour. It is absolutely necessary that straight strapless styles and sweetheart necklines be fitted perfectly for it to look neat and feel comfortable.

Square neckline

As the name suggests, this neckline resembles a square and cuts across the chest in a straight line. It may be wide or small. When the square is wide, it reveals more decolletage. It can also be high and draw attention to the collar bones and neck area. Wide squares are suitable for women with medium to large busts, while small square necklines are better suited for women with smaller busts. It is not recommended for those who are heavy in the upper torso, as the structure creates the illusion of added width.

The versatile neckline

Many brides do not want to risk the cohesion factor by allowing their brides to pick dresses from different collections. This has inspired designers to come up with the option of bridesmaids dresses with necklines that can be draped in different ways. Here, the same dress can be worn in strapless, single-shoulder, V-neckline or halter style. This is a good option if you have zeroed in on a color that will look great on most of your bridesmaids and still want to follow the mix and match trend.

If you go with our suggestions and decide to opt for the mix and match bridesmaids dress look, here are some rules you have to follow to make sure you do the trend correctly.

1.Choose the color carefully

It is very important that you pick colors that suit most of your bridesmaids complexions when you choose a single color and only vary the neckline. Be wary of colors that clash with their skin tone or hair color, as it can make your bridesmaid look pale or ill. Best choices include dark colors like navy and black, or neutrals like gray. Go with the neutral color in your wedding palette when choosing the colors for your bridesmaids dresses and it will most likely not go wrong. You can add the brighter colors in accessories like the bouquet, shoes and jewelry to complete tie their looks to the color theme.

2.Make sure the necklines are comfortable for each of them

One of the biggest benefits of varying the neckline is that you can ensure all your girls are comfortable in the ones they choose, and achieve a cohesive look. This mix and match style allows you to satisfy the fashion tastes of both bold and modest bridesmaids easily. While the more demure of them may prefer sleeveless styles and high necklines, the more fashionable women can go with strapless styles and off-the-shoulder looks.

3.Choose the same fabric for uniformity

The neckline is one variable that you have chosen. If you were to vary the fabric and color as well, it would be very difficult to achieve cohesion between the different bridesmaids looks. Even when the color is the same, the effect can vary drastically according to the fabric of choice. For instance, a crepe gown would look entirely different from a satin dress, even though they are both in the same color. So, keep to the same fabric if you want to get the style right. If you must vary the colors, make sure that they are all from the same color family to get the closest possible matches.

4.Unless the colors are same, pay attention to the length

Like we mentioned before, you shouldn’t have too many diverse factors that can jeopardize the overall look. The differences become exaggerated when the variables are focal elements. When you have the same color, you can vary the neckline as well as other factors without affecting the overall look. However, if you intend to use several colors as well as vary the neckline, keep the length constant. If the bridesmaids dresses vary from short to floor length, it will obviously look too disjointed. Differing lengths create an unfinished effect and do not look great in photographs either. Either choose full length gowns for all the girls or ask them to keep it between knee-length and calf-length for uniformity.

5.Keep the overall theme in mind

All the mixing and matching that you do with the bridesmaids dresses should go well with the overall theme you have at your wedding. Consider the formality and style of your wedding when choosing bridesmaids dresses, as just matching the color and design may not tie it to the theme. Be realistic about the extent to which you can permit variations, so it still fits your wedding vision. The dresses your bridesmaids choose should also be formal enough for the style of wedding you have planned.

At Best for Bride, mixing and matching bridesmaids dresses is a breeze. We have plenty of designer bridesmaids collections for you to pick from and meet all your expectations. With several dress designs in different colors from the same designer collection, finding combinations with varying necklines but similar dress features otherwise is no longer difficult. Check out our bridesmaids dress collections by visiting this page. You can also find attractive discounts on bulk bookings, alteration services and quick delivery options. Book your appointment by visiting our website today and start the selection for the best bridesmaids dresses for your wedding.

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14 ideas to incorporate stripes into your wedding

In a previous post, we discussed how patterns like the polka dot can quickly and effectively liven up any wedding scene. Whether patterns form the central wedding theme, or are used as an accent to the main colors, they are a pleasant addition. Some patterns like stripes can be used everywhere, from the wedding cake to the bridesmaids dresses and rest of the décor.

Stripes are an interesting update to any wedding color scheme. When it is done in moderation, this pattern has the ability to add sophistication and make a color combination more attractive. Depending on the colors and width of stripes that are chosen, stripes can make a scene look more serious, casual or contemporary. Small pin stripes and big bold colored stripes have a casual feel, while softly colored stripes have a stylish effect. Hence it is a pattern to consider using at your wedding.

Check out our top ten ideas here, on how you can add this interesting detail into your wedding.

1.Glamorous invitation card with pops of red against subtle gold stripes

We like the idea of doing it big with stripes. Featured here is a beautiful and captivating invitation card with tropical red and orange colors stretching across a white base. A foil accent in gold is all it takes to transform this interesting card to something fantastic. As taupe and tango sizzle along the breadth of this card, the rippling effect is simply mesmerizing. We are sure that a card like this will be loved by your guests, and will set the excitement buzzing for all that is store on your big day. This invitation is an online exclusive from our Best for Bride wedding invitation collection. Customization options for both the bands of color and the foil accents are available, so you can find the color that matches your theme best. To find out more about this card, or to place your order, continue on to this link here.

stripes invite

2.Delightfully delicious striped cake

Simple in it’s elegance, but stunning in appearance, this wedding cake from the Natalya cake collection at Best for Bride is a work of beauty. As brown and white stripes offset each other on the softly curved cake layers, the flowers add a beautiful dimension to them. Creating big bold stripes on wedding cake is literally a “piece of cake.” So, while your wedding guests indulge in this delicious looking desert, you can be happy at having a grand cake on a budget. If you are searching for inspiration on how to perfect the stripe details on your wedding cake, take a look at this page on the Cake Geek website. There is a bounty of wonderful images you can draw ideas from.

Striped-Chocolate

3.Signature stripes coasters

We strongly believe that the best things come in little packages. Add the befitting finishing touches to your wedding décor with striped coasters, customized with your name and event details. Shown here in a teal and black ink finish, you can see how stylish this little detail can be at your wedding. The interesting pinstripe and crest design can be customized with the colors you like. Whether you use it as party décor or favors to share with your guests, it adds that perfect little striped detail to your big event. Find out how you can place your order for this product and your customization options by clicking on this link.

pinstripe coaster

4.Beautiful birch tree guest book

You do not always have to do stripes all the way for the intended impact. Add a unique and unusual touch to your wedding, with this guest book featuring a birch tree motif on the side. The resemblance of the weathered trees in the picture to vertical stripes is evident, even while it is more attractive with it’s picturesque details. With a cute bird detail on the textured cover, this book allows you to collect up to 100 guest signatures in the available space. It will undoubtedly be a valuable keepsake that looks just as beautiful as the messages that it will contain within. To find out more about this product, or to place your order, visit our wedding website here.

brich tree guest book

5.Diagonal stripe place card

Black and white is one of the most preferred combinations for stripe designs, apparently because of the ease with which it is available. Featured here is a diagonal stripe place card, that will spruce up the table with the place card arrangement at your wedding. Not only will it easily blend into any wedding color palette, it will also be a small detail that subtly gels in without being too noisy or cluttered. This product belongs to our section for additional accessories for weddings. You can find out more details about it, as well as place your order at this link.

stripe place card

6.Stripe straws for all your party beverages

One easy and inexpensive way to add this small detail to your overall wedding service décor is to use striped straws for your beverages. With this little element, they will not only taste, but also look refreshing, when you dress them up with pretty striped straws that match your overall color theme. Guaranteed to last through refills, these will serve your guests throughout the reception. Available in eight custom colors, you can either use the same color on all your choices, or mix it up for an interesting variation on the general look. Either way it is a small detail that will not go unnoticed. Read more about how you can place your order for these, by visiting this link.

striped straws

7.Striped treat bags

If you have a candy buffet at your wedding reception, these striped treat bags are a cool way to add a little extra striped detail into the scene. While being a practical and fun choice, they are also pretty enough to add a pop of color to your overall table décor. You can also fill them up with treats beforehand, and seal the neck with a ribbon bow. Add a self sticking adhesive label with the details of the event, and they are ready to be distributed and taken home. Like the striped straws, these are also available in a range of colors, and allow you plenty of choice to find one that will match your wedding color palette. Check out this link to find out what the color options and the price details are.

treat bags

8.Striped shirt and plain tie, or the other way around

Don’t leave your bridegroom out of the picture, as stripes are a design detail that he can easily carry off. Unlike polka dots or chevron, it doesn’t look odd when a man chooses to wear a striped piece of clothing for a formal occasion, like his own wedding. Either choose a striped shirt and a plain silk tie, or the reverse; a plain shirt and striped tie. Either way, you will not have any difficulty finding these choices, as stripes is a detail that rules almost everything in the men’s fashion department. The bonus here is that your groom can easily make up for the fact that you cannot wear a striped wedding dress. Well, a striped wedding dress would be stretching the theme a little too far, don’t you think?

stripe tie

9.Striped baker’s twine

For those brides who don’t want to spare any detail, here is the perfect striped accessory to wrap up your wedding favors or boxes with. Striped baker’s twine, available in a range of colors, makes it easy and interesting to add the finishing touches to your perfect party favors. Small, but pretty, these add instant vintage flair to your party packages. It can also be used as part of your wedding stationary, to wrap around envelopes. Available as spools of 100 meters each, you can choose from a variety of colors to find the one that best fits your wedding scenery. Take a closer look at this special product from our wedding favors and accessories collection, by visiting this link.

striped twine

10.Striped water bottle label

To make a theme work, every single detail counts. So, don’t spare attention to the water bottle labels that you employ at your wedding reception. The simple addition of these lined labels to the little refreshing bottles of water will make all the difference to bring together every single element at your wedding. The romantic floral motif at the corner of the label can be customized in any color of your choice, so it blends in with the overall color scheme. As you add a touch of flair to even the water bottles with custom self-adhesive labels, you are well on your way to making sure that every detail at your wedding is just right. Check out this product at the link to our wedding favors page.

water bottle label

11.Fun diagonal striped bunting

Buntings are a must-have at any celebration, and weddings are no exception to this rule. Make your wedding venue more festive with a bright and vibrant striped bunting in the colors of your choice. Hang this at the entrance, behind your buffet table, on the Mr. and Mrs. chair; basically wherever you think they will look good. You can customize the bunting with your choice of letters, and let it soar. The best part of this bunting is that it doesn’t come in the standard triangular shape that we so commonly see. It has a curly bracket border which makes it all the more prettier. Find out all about the colors that we offer and how you can place your order, by visiting our favors page.

bunting

12.Striped bridesmaids dress

It may not be a good idea for the bride to dress in stripes. Instead, have your bridesmaids in stripes. This bridesmaid dress in the popularly sought-after black and white classic combination belongs to the Alfred Sung bridesmaid dress collection at Best for Bride. This full-length sateen dress features a jewel neck and keyhole back. The full length skirt has a pleated finish and it also has pockets at the seams. Although it is a single piece dress, it resembles a two-piece dress and is an interesting choice to dress your bridesmaids in. The A-line design flatters most figures, and so it is likely that all your bridesmaids will be able to pull off this design without difficulty.

13.Wedding ring with stripes

Let your love for stripes accompany you on your married life forever, by being the design on your wedding ring. If you are genuinely fond of this design, consider having your wedding ring designed with a stripe design on it. Contemporary, yet timeless, this is a design that you will love for years, and it will never look dated. Either have black stripes done into silver or gold, or consider having metals in different colors clubbed through stripes for a whimsical finish.

Wedding ring with stripes
Image Credits:Bence Fordos, via Flickr

14.Stripe clutch for your bridesmaids

If not the bridesmaids dresses, choose to accessorize your bridesmaids with a striped clutch. This is the perfect way to add this subtle detail into their overall outfits. A striking combination will easily stand out against a bridesmaid dress in a solid color. It will also be a great gift for your bridesmaids, and one that they will find plenty of use for, later on. The clutch featured here is a signature design that has a number of striped panels that come together in a beautiful finish. Something as stellar as this textile bag can be one of the smaller gifts you may like to add to your bridesmaids gift hamper. We are sure this will be put to plenty of use due to its interesting finish and overall look.

Stripes galore clutch
Image Credits:Monica Leitao Mota, via Flickr

We hope this article gives you enough inspiration to plan your striped-wedding. For more wedding ideas, tips and advice, drop in regularly at our website. Also, find all the things that you need to plan the perfect wedding celebration at the Best for Bride online web store.

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Traditions out, innovations In—10 ways to make your wedding different!

Anyone…..yes anyone, can have a traditional wedding!

Most couples limit their experiments to the palette or decorations at the wedding, and play it safe. At times, this is all it takes to make the wedding memorable. At other times, it may be remembered for a while, but is then quickly burrowed in the memories of your guests when newer and more interesting things capture their attention.

So, how do you make sure that your wedding is remembered forever?

The only way is to do something entirely different and unexpected, that it settles permanently into the memories of all at your wedding. This isn’t too difficult, and here is all the help you need with ideas. Get ready for some inspiration, and build your own vision from what we have in store for you.

#1 Bride in color and bridesmaids in white

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Let’s begin with the star of the show, the bride herself. The wedding dress has always had to be white. So, start by working against this itself. Now, we all know that colored wedding dresses are not a novelty, but you can make a drastically different statement style by putting all your bridesmaids in white, while you walk down the aisle in a beautiful colored gown. Imagine the scene! Don’t you feel that this will definitely be a winner? Choose the dominant color from your wedding color palette to get the look right. Dark hues like navy, red, purple, golden and black are all great choices.

If you are a bride who’s never really liked the idea of wearing white, we think this is a definite alternative for you to consider. And, with your bridesmaids in white, imagine how beautiful your wedding pictures will be with them in the backdrop of your wedding pictures. The best thing is that you will have no difficulty finding a fabulous gown in any color, from our wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. Our Alfred Angelo Disney collection features many stunning wedding gowns in a range of colors, and it is just one among the several other collections.

#2 Reconsider the rings

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 We’ve seen enough bands in gold, silver and platinum. Many couples do not step away from tradition, where wedding bands are concerned. But, have you ever considered that your wedding ring should be a piece of jewelry that will forever appeal to you?

Most couples find it boring and totally uninteresting after a while, and you do not want that. Remember that once the original lustre wears off, there should be something that is interesting and always mysterious about your ring, so you want to wear it not because you have to, but because you really love it. Here are some suggestions to make your wedding band truly unique

  • Consider having a quote engraved on the inside, such that the quote is split into two and the halves go on either of your rings. It will be a special secret that the two of you can always enjoy, and an interesting extension of the fact that you both complete each other.
  • Choose a fingerprint ring, which is engraved with your beloved’s fingerprint on the inside. Just like your partner’s fingerprint is unique to him, so will this ring that is the symbol of your love.
  • The third option is to make it almost traditional with a gemstone, but do it differently where the choice of the stone is concerned. We suggest brilliant colored stones like saphire that make a statement appearance, or you can also consider chossing a different color like rose gold for your ring so it looks unique.

You can find more ideas for unique wedding rings at the Brilliant Earth website here.

#3 Rethink the bouquets

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Floral bouquets are beautiful and refreshing, but they are usually pretty expensive. Remember it is not only the bridal bouquet that you need for your wedding, you’ll also have to consider the price for bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres and any other floral décor that may be part of your wedding scenery. While you may not be able to do away with all the floral elements at your wedding, especially if your theme demands the presence of these natural beauties, you can still reduce your floral budget by looking at alternate choices where possible.

Start with the bridal bouquet. How about considering an alternate bouquet made from paper, dried flowers or even brooches and buttons for an unusual and attractive effect. Or you can hold on to a flower bouquet yourself, and have your bridesmaids march with paper flower bouquets, fabric bouquets or decorative bouquets instead. Non-floral bouquets can feature anything, from feathers to ferns, to look attractive and dramatic. We simply fell in love with this beautiful article on Popsugar, featuring 18 unusual bouquet designs. From artichokes and brooches, to pinwheels and ribbons, you will find some of the least unexpected items featured in these bouquets. So, do check it out.

#4 Skip the guest book

 

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The guest book isn’t necessary, as long as the essence of the overall idea isn’t lost. Nevertheless, it is an area where you can make it interesting by choosing an innovative and different approach. We love the idea of using a shadow box or wishing well, where your guests sign their names onto scrolls and drop it into the box, with their brief messages and well-wishes.

Featured here, is a shadow box with a heart motif that is both classic and relevant to any wedding theme. Once it is filled with the wishes from your guests on your wedding day, seal it up and make it a permanent display in your new home. You can even consider hanging it up, if that is what looks better in your home. To check out this guest book alternative, or look at the various other options we have, we suggest you visit this page on our website.

#5 Replace dinner plates with cardboard boxes

 

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You know how exciting it is to eat pizza out of a takeaway box! Let your guests enjoy the same, by making your casual wedding party a hit with boxes in place of plates. Not only will it be a feature that nobody can ever forget, it will also create that informal and fun effect that a casual wedding deserves. You can always do it in style, by having specially created custom boxes with your initials or a special logo that matches the wedding theme. If you want something more classic, consider replacing the plain cardboard boxes with something more ornate or with an intricate print like fine filigree or pretty damask details. It will be an interesting idea that will capture your guests interest immediately. Best suited for casual theme weddings, we can see how practical it will be at a beach or garden wedding. What do you say?

#6 Spice up the seating

 

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Continuing with the idea for boxes at a casual wedding above, you can take the effect even further by choosing different seating arrangements for your wedding. How about benches instead of chairs, that are so expected? Or consider having cosy couches in a cafe fashion arranged for a warm winter wedding. All these are so casual, that it will do most of the job of creating the casual ambiance that you aim for, at your wedding. Wooden benches would be perfect for a garden wedding, but you can really make them statement pieces if you choose them for an outdoor wedding where the benches will be placed in rows along a long table. It will be very informal, and perfect for a vintage theme. If you have this arrangement in a barn or gazebo, it will be both practical and interesting.

#7 Create your own signature drink instead of having an open bar

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One of the areas where couples spend a huge amount of money is the drinks that are served at the wedding. Save on the drinks budget, even while keeping your guests happy by serving one or two signature cocktail drinks that tie to the theme of your party. Make it interesting and festive with the addition of attractive color and garnishes that are too good to be ignored. Let the drinks glasses double up as party favors, by simply adding tags with your custom theme print or initials to it.

As long as you choose interesting drinks whose taste will go down well with the majority of the guests at the party, an open bar service will not be missed. Also, it will create a lasting impression. This interesting DIY guide on the Martha Stewart website will direct you to several impressive cocktails. So, check it out and find one that you favor.

#8 Find an alternative for the “bouquet” in the bouquet toss

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The bouquet toss has a long-standing tradition, and so may be difficult to actually “toss” off your wedding schedule. So, keep it in your plan, but make a variation. How about changing the idea of having your single friends line up in queue to battle for the bouquet? Instead consider gifting it to the couple at your wedding who has been married the longest number of years? This idea that we found on the Weddingpartyapp blog is just perfect, when we consider how meaningful it is. It suggests that there be a dance for all the married couples. As the Emcee announces the years in a progressive manner, the couples who have been married for that long can be eliminated from the dance floor. Continue in this manner, till there is the longest married couple on the dance floor. Now, all you have to do is gift them the wedding bouquet. How brilliant is that?

#9 A humorous ceremony program

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Wedding ceremonies can be lovely to some, but most of us wouldn’t really mind skipping the long program, if we had a chance. Don’t frown upon guests like us at your wedding. Instead make their lives a lot easier by handing out a program that will keep them smiling throughout the ceremony.

We found a beautiful example on this article at the Weddingpartyapp website, and the very front page is bound to bring on a chuckle. Well, anything that says, “A Practical Guide to not falling asleep and Figuring out just what exactly is going on” has to top the list. Don’t you agree? Check out this and many more fantastic alternative wedding ideas, by visiting this article here.

#10 Unusual wedding party favors

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Your wedding is unique, and so should your wedding favors. While some wedding favors look fancy and attractive to a guest, when they first receive it, few are good enough to be saved forever. So, when you choose a wedding party favor, make sure it is one that is rare in some aspect and it is likely that they will hold on to it. Here is an example from our collection at Best for Bride. Perfect for a travel-themed wedding, an adventurers compass is a trinket favor that is unusual in many ways. If not for the beautiful look, compasses are often associated with a bygone era and this makes it very interesting. Whether it is to simply be displayed in the house, or carried as a lucky charm by the adventurers at heart, it will be a different favor that will be special just because of what it is! It is not something that everyone will obviously own, but definitely one with an endearing appeal, so it will be kept.

There are so many brilliant ideas out there, to help you carve out your own signature wedding style. All it takes is that one special element to make your wedding memorable, and here we have provided you inspiration for ten. Hope you find this useful, and are able to use this as the starting point to planning your own fantastic wedding that will be remembered forever and ever!

For more wedding planning tips, advice and all your shopping needs, keep visiting us here at Best for Bride.

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Bridesmaids dress shopping: 10 valuable tips

If you thought wedding gown shopping was stressful, just wait till you start looking for your bridesmaids dresses!

Finding the right dresses for all your girls, so they not only fit into the wedding scene beautifully, but are also satisfied with your choice, can be a little too difficult to achieve. It is a challenge alright, but one that is possible to deal with. And, we are here to help you with it today.

Go with these 10 tips listed here, and you will feel the stress of bridesmaid dress shopping lifted in a big way.

#1 Remember that one dress needn’t fit all

Unfortunately, there is no single dress style that will look good on every woman. Women are built differently, and every one of your bridesmaids will have her own unique built, height, size and color. So, choosing a single design for all your girls will usually end with one of them not looking too great. Also, it is no longer the trend to have matching bridesmaids. So, be ready to be flexible with your choices. Keep your mind on the big picture—you want a cohesive look that is interesting and attractive.

We suggest you look at dresses that are similar in two or three aspects and vary the rest of the features. For example, consider the same color and different designs, or different colors with the same design. You can also check out different dresses from the same designer collection. This way, the fabric colors will match, but your bridesmaids will each have their own unique look. One word of caution; don’t give your girls free reign to pick any dress that will fit the idea. This can end up becoming haphazard, and their overall look may not come together. It is better to stick to a certain set of criteria, and let your girls find dresses that suit them, while also meeting these requirements.

#2 Discuss budget upfront

Since your bridesmaids will be paying for the dress, you should discuss the budget with them, before you go shopping. Get a clear idea of what is the maximum they can afford to pay for their dress, and make sure you do not ask them to stretch it any further than that. Remember that the amount they suggest is usually inclusive of alterations and accessories, and it will be good if you can clarify this if you aren’t certain. Then, plan your shopping budget and do your dress research based on these numbers. Once you know the amount that your bridesmaids are ready to shell out for their dresses, you can search online. Look for collections that will give you what you want, in this range. Make the most of sales, discounts and offers.

At Best for Bride, we often offer discount on bulk bookings of more than a certain number of bridesmaids dresses. So, if you search around in advance and place your orders in one go, you will most likely be able to avail of such offers and help your girls get the best deal for their money. Also remember that it isn’t necessary that to use up all the money they are ready to spend. If you find dresses at a better bargain, I am sure they’ll appreciate it if they can keep the extra cash for themselves. So, be a considerate bride. Your bridesmaids will love you for it.

#3 Start early

Just like you spend months researching and planning your wedding day look, you will need plenty of time to find your bridesmaids dresses. So, start early, and do your research several months before the wedding. The benefit of starting early is that you can make the most of any sale or offer that comes up in the months leading up to the wedding. You should have sufficient time if you start seven to eight months before the actual date. Since you will already know what you want, it is just a matter of waiting for a good deal to come up. Research is a lot of fun, when you do it online, as you can see almost every dress that will be available in store, on the boutique website.

Once you order the dresses, you will still need time to have it altered and fitted, so it is perfect in time for your wedding day. 75% of women who buy bridesmaids dresses will need alterations. While this will mostly take just one appointment, it can also take two or more depending on the type of dress chosen. So, have your bridesmaids mark their calendars for dress appointments and alteration sessions well in advance, so everything progresses smoothly.

#4 Ask your girls for their inputs

Your bridesmaids may have ideas of what they would like to wear to your wedding. Welcome their opinions. Whether you take it or not is up to you, but it won’t hurt to ask. You can share your own vision of how you expect them to dress on the day, and then ask them for their suggestions. There are several digital apps like Pinterest and Evernote, where you can share pictures and ideas with each other. So, use this to streamline and collate all the information that your friends would like to share with you.

If there are certain styles that your bridesmaids would rather not wear at all, eliminate these from your selection. Not all girls are comfortable wearing strapless dresses or ones that are too short. So, stay away from such choices unless you know they won’t mind wearing it. The same goes for colors too. Not all colors may look good with all skin tones, and if your bridesmaid is worried that she will look sickly or washed out in a particular hue, it will be good if you choose an alternative that will work. If there are silhouettes that they think would be best on them, you can plan the overall look based on it. When you know their preferences, you can choose a dress that they will get the best out of. Dresses in universally flattering colors and in silhouettes like A-line or with V-necklines look good on most body types.

#5 Go shopping by yourself the first time

This is a simple way of ensuring that your opinions are not side-lined, and you can actually see what is available. Book the first appointment with the salon and attend it by yourself or just with a friend, say, your maid of honor. We think this is essential, because some dresses that you may have shortlisted online, may look entirely different when seen directly.

So, rather than hauling all your girls down and discovering this, it helps if you do a test run yourself and make sure that what you had in mind is what you see in person. If you do not have any specific designs in mind, and intend to go with what is available in shop, you can discuss your ideas one-on-one with the shop assistant, and find out what she has to suggest. Bring the girls in later, and the actual appointment will be a lot easier. Remember that it has to be your decision finally, so prepare for the options and you will make it in a much wiser way.

#6 Ask your girls to mark their calendars, well in advance

Not all your bridesmaids may be the super-organized or easily available. So, every extra inch of time will help you with your bridesmaid dress shopping. Once you have a general idea of what you want, or perhaps have even picked out the lot that your bridesmaids will be selecting from, don’t delay getting your girls to the shop. Fix a date and ask them to make themselves available at the said time.

If you have a relatively large bridal party, with more than 4 or 5 bridesmaids, it may be a good idea to break them up into two lots. This will help you focus on those who are there at each appointment, rather than make it a noisy and busy affair. Our suggestion is that you make your picks during your first appointment session and only show these to the bridesmaids, to choose from. This way, there will be no chances of swaying too far from your opinion, and you will get the cohesive effect you wanted, in the end. Once the dresses are picked, the shop assistant will measure your girls and suggest alterations. So, schedule their fitting appointment right away, so you can get that out of the way.

#7 Delegate duties to your most reliable friends

With a wedding to happen, we know how you will be buried under wedding planning tasks. Remember that you needn’t handle each and every detail by yourself. This is why you have a Maid of Honor and bridesmaids in your team. Delegate the responsibility of getting the girls to their dress fitting appointments, paying their dress bills on time and receiving their dresses in time for the wedding. It will be one job off your shoulders, and you can spend the saved time on something else that deserves personal attention.

If your Maid of Honor isn’t the right person to handle this task, there should be someone else on the bridesmaid team, who can do it for you. Hand over this responsibility to her instead. To be on the safe side, make sure that you check on the arrangements once in a while, so everything progresses as per plan and your bridesmaids all have their dresses in time for the wedding.

#8 Don’t stress too much over your decision

If you are the ultimate perfectionist, we know how you can easily feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices out there. Yes, wedding planning is a little monster, where you never know for sure whether the choice you made was actually the best one available. But, don’t sweat it!

At least in some areas, good enough is enough! So, don’t loose sleep over your bridesmaids dress selections too much. Take it light and go with what you think is good without too much deliberation. Make the most of your inspiration boards and what your shop assistant suggests, and it will most likely work out well.

#9 Accessories will complete the look

The overall look will also be determined by the accessories you chose for your bridesmaids. You have to choose bouquets, jewelry and shoes. Reusable choices are the best, as it will help your friends make their money go further. Choose neutral colors and designs that flatter everyone on the team. You can even mix and match them up, so each girl has her distinct look but still blends in well with the rest of the team.

If you feel uncertain about your dress choice, you can always dress it up or down by the apt choice of accessories. If your bridesmaids dresses were expensive, it would be very considerate if you pay for the accessories. This could double up as your bridesmaids gift too. Work with your imagination and draw inspiration from the various pictures you may have seen in magazines and online. Make sure that the accessories, hair and makeup, all come together and look attractive and suitable for your wedding theme.

#10 Remember you cannot always make everyone happy

Your bridesmaids may not always be happy with what you want them to wear. If this is the case, you may feel worried about forcing your choice on them. If you have tried your best by choosing within budget, adjusting your priorities to accommodate their likes and cannot help any further, just stop trying to make it work!

Bridesmaids should realize that it is the bride’s likes that get priority, and that they were prepared to accept it when they signed up for the role. So, don’t feel too guilty as you have to stick to your vision of how the wedding day should look and be. It’s your lifetime celebration after all, and you don’t want it to be different from what you always wanted, just because your friends aren’t too happy with your decision.

At Best for Bride, we have a comprehensive and extensive collection of bridesmaids dresses from several designers. Check it out today, and we are sure you will find dresses for all your bridesmaids in our collection.

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Valentine’s day Wedding Ideas

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Valentine’s Day, the official day when love and lovers are celebrated worldwide, is almost here. Could there be a more romantic day for a couple in love to be married on?

This article on History.com discusses the many legends about St. Valentine. One of them suggests that this day is celebrated in memory of a saint who defied Emperor Claudius’ rules that outlawed marriage of young soldiers. He took it upon himself to conduct the weddings of young lovers in secret, thus defying the law. So, you do understand that there is a tale that associates this day with weddings. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that this is one of the most romantic days ever, and you do not need a reason whatsoever, to get married on this special day.

If you are indeed planning, or even considering getting married on Valentine’s day, here are some ideas to perfect your special day. So, here we go.

Colors for your theme

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s day? Is it a red heart? Or perhaps it is red roses! Whether it is either or these, or anything else, there is a red hue associated with it, isn’t it?

Valentine’s day has and will forever be linked to the color red. So, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see red ruling your wedding color palette too. However, you can always change the style of things to bring your own unique element into your wedding day. I liked this idea on the Knot, that suggests you go with another color palette like black and white, and incorporate the red in subtlety. You can do this by simply using red as your accent color, and adding it in moderate quantities throughout your décor. You could perhaps accessorize your bridesmaids with red bouquets or waistbands with a different color for their dresses. Or, you could use red ribbons to bring your flower arrangements together. Either way, the idea is to not overpower with red and make it obvious, but to use it in moderation so the impact is subtle but still there.

Wedding invitations

Your guests will expect your wedding day to have motifs and symbols of love, when you announce your wedding on Valentine’s day. So, don’t try too hard to step away entirely from this idea, or it may seem disappointing to at least a few of them who are excited about the romantic aspect of getting married on this special day. Set the stage for a grand celebration with a wedding invitation that is romantic, but doesn’t go overboard with Valentine’s day details.

We have two stunning wedding invitations to suggest. Both these suggestions are entirely different from each other, but are equally perfect for the theme. Take a look.

The first card brings together the two essential symbols of this day—hearts and roses, in an enchanting design. The tri-fold invitation features the bride and groom’s names on the top, within an open heart with a rose slipping through. It seals the deal without too much red. Find more details about this card at this link.

Our second card is an extravagant expression of red, with white being the accent color that highlights the deep red heart symbol and makes it so special. A pocket invitation with beautiful cut-out details, it is a work of art in every way, with a satin ribbon in your preferred color adding a touch of luxury. Don’t you think it is beautiful? Find out more about ordering this card for your special celebration by visiting our website here.

Wedding Cake and Flavors

Did we hear someone whisper “Red Velvet?” The traditional Valentine choice, we think your guests will also expect the same. So, how about surprising them with an ombre cake that will also be a spectacle in pink and red, instead of a simple red design all over. You can also consider cakes decorated with rose petals for a romantic and definitely attractive effect. Now, if you aren’t a total fan of red, consider keeping the cake nice and pretty with pink instead and having a surprising flavor like strawberry that is appropriate, but unexpected.

We think it is a brilliant idea to keep the colors subtle, but focus on the shape instead. A heart shaped cake is a romantic icon like no other, and this is what we would love to see at a Valentine day wedding.

Take a look at this tiered beauty from our Natalya cake collection, which is simply elegant in its simplicity. A simple mixing of pink and white are used to create a classic cake that everyone is bound to love. To see this cake, and more designs from our cake vendors, visit this link on Best for Bride.

Bouquets and Flowers in the decor

Red roses are synonymous with Valentine’s day, and using them will add unparalleled charm to your wedding day décor. Make it a part of your wedding bouquet, and use roses and petals in the décor to create a romantic ambiance that everyone is bound to associate with the special day. Now, if you are to be married in a stark white wedding dress, your red rose bouquet will simply pop against the brilliant white, making you a mesmerizing beauty.

Now if you aren’t such a great fan of bright red, you can choose maroon, merlot or even pink flowers for your bouquet and décor. You could even mix up the deep dark red flowers with white or pink for a textured look. Here is a sample bouquet from our florist. Don’t you think it is great for a Valentine wedding.

Other flowers that are equally striking in their red hues are tulips and carnations. So, if you don’t want roses, these are the other options you can consider.

Wedding dress in red

You don’t have to think twice about wearing red lipstick on your wedding day. But, if you want to really max up on Valentine’s day in every way, how about choosing a wedding gown that is bright red and superbly stunning? Here is a wedding dress from our Alfred Angelo collection that is just perfect for the Valentine’s day look. A fairy tale ball gown in brilliant red, the sweetheart neckline and flower detail at the waist make it stunning and elegant.

Now, if you would rather prefer to go with our initial suggestion of working with a neutral palette with just the right hints of red as accents, we have the right gown for this too.

This beauty from the Alfred Angelo collection, is a unique statement gown with just a hint of red in the neckline in the front of the gown. The actual magic lies in the back, where the corset back leads to a wide band of red all the way down to the semi-cathedral train of the gown. The pretty detailing on the borders of the dress are what make it truly spectacular. Your guests will certainly make note of this unusually attractive design, as you stand with your back facing them during the wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids in red

If there is one way a bride can make sure her bridesmaids will be happy, it is by choosing a dress that they can wear again. When you opt for a red bridesmaid dress, the chances of this happening are rather high. With another Valentine’s day to arrive in the very next year, they will definitely consider hauling this dress out of their closet for it, if not before this on another occasion.

If you visit our bridesmaid collections at Best for Bride, you can find any number of red bridesmaids dresses. This one-strap bridesmaid dress from the Mori Lee collection is a definite winner, since it is both flirty and fun.

The ruffle details on the side, as well as the neckline make it a dress that anyone is bound to love. We are sure that your bridesmaids will eagerly await your wedding day, when they can dress up like a Valentine in this beauty. Check out this dress as well as the other options we have in bridesmaids dresses from this collection here.

Wedding favors

There are plenty of options in wedding favors for a Valentines day wedding. You will not need red to make your chosen favor perfect for this day. Nevertheless, it doesn’t harm ifyou do so either. This article on the Candystore blog page suggests jam jar favors where red preserves and jams are arranged in transparent jars and covered with pretty cloth and bow tie decorations that feature hearts.

Now if you don’t want to make it all about the red, an option you may like is the Fused in Love double heart wine stopper from our wedding favors collection.

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In a delightful twist to the traditional heart motif, this wedding favor features two hearts fused into one in a stunning silver finish crafted out of aluminum and alloy. It is a stylish and functional gift which your guests will enjoy using, and it will constantly remind them of the Valentines day they celebrated your wedding on. .

Another favor you may like to take a look at, especially if you have your heart set on a casual wedding style are these “Bet on Love”, heart shaped playing cards that are also very interesting.

playing cardsFind out more about ordering them by visiting this link to our Best for Bride wedding favors page.

Red shoes for the bold bride

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Here is an idea for the bold bride, who wants an air of mystery around her. Consider switching your traditional white wedding shoes for ones in red. Since it will be hidden under your wedding dress for greater part of the day, it will be that secret something that only you may know about. But once you are on the dance floor and twirling around to the notes of the music, we are sure your guests will quickly notice the bright red that occasionally peeps out when your dress slightly moves. Don’t you think it will be pretty exciting? Or the other idea is to simply use shoes with red soles or a red sticker on the sole for an equally intriguing and mysterious effect.

Wedding décor with rose petals

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Here is a brilliant and equally romantic idea we spotted on the All women’s talk blog page  They suggest decorating the ceremony aisle with a rich bounty of rose petals. How romantic is the idea of marking the path towards your wedding altar with red petals that are the very symbol of love itself. When freshly strewn on a white aisle runner, we are sure they will create a spectacular effect and also that your wedding photos taken at this time will pop from the lavish dose of color.We think this is definitely one of our favorites, and an idea you should try for your big day.

Now, listen to this idea for your reception table decor—we think you should decorate the tables with beautiful centerpieces that have lovely scented candles resting among a scattering of rose petals. Choose dim lighting for your venue, and your guests will enjoy their own candle light dinner, and love the romantic ambiance that you conjure up with this arrangement.

We hope we’ve shared some practical and feasible ideas for your Valentine wedding. You can use these ideas even if you aren’t having a Valentine wedding, but are planning one on similar lines, any time of the year.

Visit us at Best for Bride for more inspiration on planning your dream wedding. Whether you want a red wedding dress or a white one, and for every one of your other wedding day needs, we have the solution you need. Check out the different services we offer by visiting the Best for Bride website, and get in touch with us for any assistance you may require.

 

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Oops! That’s Awkward—Our guide to navigating 7 awkward wedding planning situations

I like to compare wedding planning to a mine that’s waiting to explode. The potential for problems is huge! Every couple faces at least a few awkward moments when planning their wedding. Many assumptions may be made that you cannot oblige to, you may have to say no on occasions, and where people are concerned there is no saying who can feel offended about what!

Here are 7 real sticky situations that you will most likely have to handle during your wedding planning process. We’ve also included the best possible solutions you can consider, to make it as easy as possible.

#1 Tell a friend or relative that they are not in the wedding party

It could be that everyone thinks you are fond of them. Add that to the fact that  you have a huge friend circle and an equally big family, it is likely that there may be at least a friend or relative who assumes they will be in the wedding party. If there are on the wedding party list, fine! If you haven’t included them, you have a situation to handle!

It isn’t easy telling someone that they are to be a guest and not in the wedding party. The best way to handle the problem is to take care of it as soon as you doubt your friend or cousin assumes they are in without you ever mentioning it. Tell her directly that as much as you would love to have her in the party, the situation is such that you would prefer to have her enjoy the wedding as a guest instead. You could offer a valid explanation, like you want to keep the wedding party small. (Only if this is a fact! It will harm your relationship even more if she ends up seeing a dozen bridesmaids on the day, and she alone isn’t one). Make it clear that you value your relationship with her a lot, and would love to have her involved in the wedding in any other way possible. Stress that you would not want this to harm your relationship in any way, and be genuine with your words. We are sure she’ll understand if she is a sensible and reasonable girl.

#2 When you’d rather have cash

Many couples struggle with telling their guests that they’d rather have cash or gift coupons, than gifts that wouldn’t help them. This could be because money would help them pay off a loan, or they could use it on their honeymoon, or because they would like to buy an expensive item like a vehicle. In all these cases, money would really help.

If you are in any of these situations, we know how you could be whether you ought to or not  convey this message to your guests. Well, we think you should! First step, set up your wedding website, where you will be sharing your wedding registry information. Next, add a “gift cash towards xxx” as one of the top options in the registry and link it to your bank account. Share the website wedding registry with your contacts, so they are directed towards the page that prioritizes what you’d like to have, in a specific order.

The other option is to link your wedding registry to sites like Tendr , that allows guests to pick cards and send it with their well wishes to the couple. Now, if a guest were to ask you in person about your preferences, they would ideally be asking because they really want to get you something you want. So, don’t hesitate to tell them that you are saving up for whatever you are. If they are comfortable giving you cash, you can hope they will once they know of this.

#3 Telling your parents (or in-laws) that you want something different

Isn’t it funny how so many parents and their children fight over how the wedding should be held or planned, from the moment the planning is in progress? It is not too often that we see couples who want a modern, relaxed wedding with interesting and unique elements, while their parents would rather have a traditional-style formal wedding that can never go wrong. If the parents on either side are sharing the expenses, we know how quickly tempers can soar and all those involved can end up in a foul mood.

Rather than locking horns with your families, we suggest that you handle such situations tactfully. First, consider if there is anything you can do about accommodating your family’s ideas. If not the whole thing, if you can incorporate at least a few ideas, they will feel a lot better. Then, decide upon the things that you refuse to compromise on. When you present your final idea to the family, first tell them which of their suggestions will be included in the wedding. This will calm the atmosphere to a great extent. Then tell them what the rest of the plans are, and also that it is your wedding and you wouldn’t really be happy if these details weren’t part of it. So, request them to understand and convey how grateful you are for all they are doing.

#4 When a relative wants to take over as a wedding vendor

Yes, we’ve all been there, when a budding photographer in your family wants to be in-charge of the wedding photography, or an enthusiastic aunt wants to bake the wedding cake. Unless these people are professionals, it may be a very bad idea to hand them the job. Now, even when they are professionals who are used to doing these for weddings, you may not agree with their style of work or may not be happy about giving them the responsibility for a range of reasons.

After all, working with a relative or friend is not the same as working with a vendor who you’ve hired for the job. You have to be cautious about everything you say, as you two have a relationship that could be hurt. In worst cases, they may disagree with what you want and even do things that they think are the best. But, it may sometimes be a good idea, if they will offer you a discount or if you are really fond of the way they handle things. Unless this is the case, you should learn to say “No” to their offer diplomatically.

You can tell them that you would love to have them handle the job, but you have already set your mind on another vendor. Or, the better option is to tell them that you don’t want to hire them for your wedding as you want them there as a guest, and not working all day and unable to participate or enjoy the wedding as they should. This clearly conveys that you value their presence, and if they appreciate it genuinely, this should put an end to the discussion.

#5 Saying No to guests you cannot afford to have

There’s this scene in the sitcom “Castle”, where Castle and Beckett mention to his mother that they were working on the guest list for the wedding, expecting her to suggest how they reduce it. In the blink of an eye, she rushes off to bring out her own guest list for the wedding!

Don’t be startled if you find the same thing happen in your case! Many couples are faced with the tough decision of saying no to guests that they simply cannot have at their wedding. If parents are paying, or if friends are pushovers who must invite people on their behalf, the situation is anything but pleasant.

We suggest that you be honest when you tell your parents, relatives or friends why it simply isn’t feasible to have any more guests than you have planned. Since your parents will anyway be inviting at least a few people, give them a specific number beforehand. They can then prioritize who goes on the list and who can be left out. Make your mind up about how far you can stretch with any extra additions, and make sure you stick to it. After all, your wedding is all about having the people who matter the most to you. It is not about having a huge party where you hardly know half the faces there, or is it?

#6 Planning your bridesmaid’s dress budget

One of the reasons many women dread being asked to be a bridesmaid, is the financial burden that comes along with it. Let’s face it, bridesmaids have to pay for a dress that they may not like at all, pay for the accessories, spend on the bachelorette, bridal shower and gift for the bride. All this will take a chunk out of their savings. It is worse if they are still in college or have their own financial constraints.

So, the best thing you can do is be reasonable when deciding what your bridesmaids should wear. Our suggestion is to be flexible, and consider a range of choices in dresses, so your bridesmaids can pick the one that is easiest on their pockets. Think out of the box, and instead of having them dress up in matching outfits, go with the mix ‘n’ match trend. This gives them the freedom to choose from the choices you have shortlisted. It is also likely that they will pick a dress that they can use again.

A good friend would also consider easing their financial burden by paying for the bridesmaid accessories or hair and makeup. Now, if you have been a bridesmaid at all these girls’ weddings previously, and they weren’t half as considerate, we think it is up to you to decide how to handle the situation. Honestly, it wouldn’t be wrong if you kept their expenses similar to what you had to incur, if this is the case. Else, think of what you can do to help out, maybe make use of sales and discounts or keep your dress selection reasonable so they do not begrudge you for your choices later.

#7 Talk money with your parents or in-laws

You think you’ve heard your parents mention sometime in the past, that they’ve put aside a certain amount for your wedding expenses. But, do you ask for it once you are engaged and planning the wedding? Is it appropriate to bring up the topic? Well, it’s mom and dad, and if you are certain there’s money set aside for you, it shouldn’t be wrong to confirm, so you can plan the wedding accordingly.

Ideally, they should bring the topic up if they have any such plans. So, it may not always be best to bring up the topic yourself. If they are quiet, it may be because something’s changed and not because they’ve forgotten about it. Never make the mistake of assuming that they will pay, and go about planning your wedding based on this assumption. Don’t feel entitled to it and have your plans go bust if they don’t agree to. Instead, share the wedding plans you have in mind and the quotes you collect from vendors. They will be more comfortable mentioning what they would like to contribute towards, when you do it this way.

If there is no talk about the money at all, you can either ask them what happened to the fund they put aside (that is, if you are sure they have), or ask them if they could help and you could repay it later.

Weddings, like we said earlier are tricky events that can cause so much stress to any bride and groom. Nevertheless, it is important to always keep the big picture in mind. When you think of the priorities in your life, and how you can celebrate the event that brings you and your partner together forever, you can tide over any awkward situation and leave it out of your mind forever.

To help you with everything you possibly need for your wedding, including your wedding dress, attire for your wedding party, accessories, décor, cakes and even flowers, visit us at Best for Bride. We have everything you need.